Illustration

You invent entire worlds and bring them to life.

In the collaborative and diverse culture of CCAD's Illustration program, you’ll be exposed to experienced faculty, study the history of the field and experience the full spectrum of illustration today, whether it’s on paper, canvas or the digital screen. We cultivate a passion for bringing ideas, characters and personalities to life. You'll learn the technical, conceptual and entrepreneurial skills you'll need to succeed in fields such as editorial illustration, advertising, graphic novels, children’s books, concept art and toy design.

FACILITIES

You'll have access to:

  • A 3D-illustration lab with small- and large-scale sculpting, molding and casting equipment
  • A 2D-illustration lab with scanners, laser printers and drawing tables
  • A 16-seat computer lab with Cintiq monitors and Toon Boom, ZBrush and Adobe software

Student and alumni works

  • Dreamy Wood Collection, Illustration, Hannah Williams, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Dreamy Wood Collection
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  • Editorial Illustration, Illustration, Amelia Sealy, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Editorial Illustration
    Illustration
     
  • Editorial Illustration, Illustration, Anyanna Williams, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Editorial Illustration
    Illustration
  • Surface Design, Illustration, Ashley Hull, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Surface Design
    Illustration
     
  • 3D Model, Illustration, Anna-Lisa Eriksson, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    3D Model
    Illustration
     
  • Illustrated Lettering, Illustration, Katie Chandler, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Illustrated Lettering
    Illustration
     
  • Aleks Ivanov, Illustration, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Creature
    Illustration
     
  • Lauren Rassenfoss, Illustration, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Juneau
    Illustration
     
  • Ohio Owls, Illustration, Cailey Tervo, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Ohio Owls
    Illustration
     
  • Illustration, Jessica Wallace, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Narrative Design
    Illustration
     
  • Illustration, Hannah Williams, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Surface Design
    Illustration
     
  • Alissa Sallah, Illustration, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Red Riding Hood
    Illustration
     
  • Josh Tufts, Illustration, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Book Covers
    Illustration
     
  • Mikey's Late Night Slice 2, Illustration, Patrick Moore, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Illustration, Mikey's Late Night Slice
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  • Personal Work, Imperfect; Illustration; Lisa Ragland; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Illustration, Personal Work
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  • Book Illustrations, Illustration, A.G. Ford, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Book Illustrations
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  • Mikey's Late Night Slice 1, Illustration, Patrick Moore, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Illustration, Mikey's Late Night Slice
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  • Model Design, Lego; Illustration; Wes Talbott; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Model Design, LEGO
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  • Model Design, Lego 2; Illustration; Wes Talbott; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Model Design, LEGO
    Illustration
     
  • Monsters University, Pixar; Illustration; Dan Scanlon; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Monsters University, PIXAR
    Illustration
     
  • Assorted Illustration Work, Illustration, Salli Swindell, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Assorted Illustration work
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  • Jazz Foxes
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Careers

Our grads have applied the skills they built at CCAD to a variety of positions and fields.

Advertising designer
Apparel graphics designer
Book illustrator
Character and asset designer
Designer for web and mobile
Editorial illustrator
Film effects creator
Fine artist
Greeting card designer
Newspaper graphic artist
Poster artist
Product and toy designer
Video game designer

Employers

  • American Greetings
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Boeing Helicopters
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS News
  • DC Comics
  • Disney Consumer Products
  • Dreamworks
  • Forever 21
  • Hallmark
  • Hasbro
  • Marvel Comics
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Pixar
  • Sony Pictures
  • Turbine Entertainment Games
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • Zaner-Bloser

Credit hours

Requirement
Program Requirements 42
CORE Studio Requirements 36
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 42
Total
120

Course information

Check out the course requirements chart on the major flyer.

Full-time faculty

Stewart McKissick, Chair of Illustration, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Chair of Illustration
  • Chair of Comics and Narrative Practice
  • Professor
smckissick@ccad.edu
614.358.6893
C.F. Payne, Distinguished Professor, Illustration, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Distinguished Professor
cpayne@ccad.edu
614.437.1065
Joseph Kovach, Associate Professor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor
jkovach@ccad.edu
614.437.7328
Adam Osgood, Assistant Professor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Assistant Professor
aosgood@ccad.edu
614.437.7476
  • Assistant Professor
rzomchek@ccad.edu
614.437.7219

Notable alumni

AG Ford, Illustration, Class of 2006, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

A.G. Ford is the New York Times best-selling illustrator of Barack by Jonah Winter and Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams. He has won two NAACP Image Awards, and his clients include HarperCollins, Candlewick Press, Black Enterprise and Simon & Schuster. One of his latest books is My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III.

AG Ford
Illustration
Wes Talbott, Illustration, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

Wes Talbott is an award-winning illustrator and designer. He has worked as a Lead Concept Artist for Alexander Films and as a Concept Artist and Texture Painter for Emerald City Games. Talbott is currently building models and doing illustration work for LEGO.

Wes Talbott
Illustration

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